Despite the advent of digital modelling and generation of curved surfaces, its fabrication methods are still a challenge especially on the level of complex surfaces and large scale assemblies. Mathematical surfaces in general and hyperbolic paraboloids (Hypars) in particular embed neverending opportunities for planar construction techniques. The ancient surface of Hypars is one of the most interesting mathematical forms for architects from quantitative structural optimization to qualitative ornaments. Hypars have been used extensively in the works of avant-garde architects including: Gaudi, the Philips pavilion of le Corbusier, Shell structures of Felix Candela and Frei Otto tensile structures, as well as, many contemporary architects.
Hypars workshop aims to develop the computational design techniques of complex organizations of hyperbolic surfaces from the structural to the ornamental scale in respect to the planar fabrication methods. The mathematical and geometrical qualities of ruled surfaces will be explored in parallel to material and assembly logic of planar elements for 1:1 prototype of an outdoor canopy in Alexandria. Geometrical properties of Hypars will be coded on the platform of Rhino and Grasshopper while the physical prototypes will be in wood and paper which offer an integrated and intuitive understanding of complex geometries and physical relationships. The workshop objective is to reconsider materials and fabrication as a design tool for architects.
Participants will be introduced to a set of digital tools including but not limited to Rhino, Grasshopper, Arduino and Kinect. No prior knowledge of these tools is required.